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Friday, December 16, 2005

Are the Beatles Responsible for Britney Spears?

We were discussing the Bing versus Elvis debate that is sweeping the United States and the conversation became an impassioned defense of the Rolling Stones. I don't know how this happened other than it was one person's effort to explain why the Beatles mean nothing to her musically and Elvis means everything. Next to the Stones, of course. (Let's be honest here: It's hard to compare Bing Crosby with Elvis Presley. She simply drew a more relevant parallel.)

But it does make you wonder: What exactly did the Beatles contribute? Bubblegum pop, she postulated.

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Blogger Ibid said...

No more than Hegel is responsible for Maynard. Even if Maynard claims it, which I doubt.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Blogger ihearttexas said...

Maybe not Britney Spears, but definitely all the boy bands that have come and gone since the Beatles. So, really, we should think them for Britney's ex, Justin Timberlake. But that's just early Beatles. Later Beatles - or "drug Beatles" as they are affectionately called - are responsible for all great indie music out there today. You can't listen to an underground band without picking up on the influences of the Beatles and Radiohead. And Radiohead's OK Computer wouldn't have been the influential album it was without without the Beatles. So, I think that while the Beatles early stuff was definitely bubble-gummy, I wouldn't love the music I love if they hadn't gotten stoned. So, thank you, Beatles, for your drug habits.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Blogger girlfriday said...

Who exacly is Maynard?

Tex: You're right. I can hear the Beatles especially in Coldplay and David Grey. But their impact waxes and wanes don't you think?

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

Don't even get me started...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

Not only are they "responsible" for boy bands, they paved the way for a broader definition of rock 'n' roll. Not every may love their later, "I am the Walrus"-esque music, but opened doors. And I believe that's what contributing to music is all about.

Monday, December 19, 2005


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